Sepertinya “badai” tengah menerpa Chelsea Grin. Unit deathcore asal AS itu baru saja ditinggal kedua gitarisnya, Dan Jones dan Jake Hammond. Kini sang vokalis, Alex Koehler juga memutuskan untuk mundur dari band karena tengah dalam rehab lantaran sedang berjuang melawan adiksinya pada minuman alkohol.
Tak ingin berlarut-larut, Chelsea Grin belum lama ini mengumumkan pernyataan terkait dengan pergantian di formasi band serta album baru.
“Para tukang bual, bergembiralah! Banyak berita baru yang ingin kami sampaikan dari CG camp, kebanyakan manis getir. Untuk beberapa saat ini, kami telah melalui apa yang disebut sepeti neraka dan terjadi berulang-ulang. Kondisi kesehatan, tekanan personal, konflik tur dan masih banyak lagi. Bukan kebiasaan kami untuk membiarkan ini merenggut apa yang terbaik dari kami, jadi kamu selalu memiliki dan mengusung tekad yang keras kepala.”
“Alex Koehler telah memilih untuk berpisah dari band karena telah menghabiskan waktunya di tempat rehab..”
Shit-talkers, rejoice! There is a lot of news to be shared from the CG camp, much of it bittersweet. For some time now, our band has wandered through what felt like hell and back. Medical conditions, personal pressures, tour conflicts and more. It is not in our nature to let this get the best of us, so we always have and will carry on headstrong and determined. Alex Koehler has opted to part ways with the band following his recent time spent in rehab and the life changes he’s made in newly found sobriety. We are all at a mutual understanding that the nomadic and trying nature of touring is much too volatile of an environment for a recovering alcoholic. He has made huge strides forward in shaping a new and positive lifestyle, and we will always do our part to support our friend and brother. We are still very close, of course, and it goes without saying that we wish him all the strength and willpower needed to continue his inspiring progress. We ask that all of you respectfully do the same for Alex. Furthermore, last year Jacob Harmond parted ways with the band; you may have noticed via social media or on our most recent Never Say Die tour. Jacob recently had his second of two children, and has found his passion redirected toward family and personal goals. Again, his parting was carried out entirely amicably and with absolutely no hard feelings. As with Alex, we will forever support Jacob and his family, and will always remain close friends. Surely this all comes as heavy news to our supporters and long time fans, but we want to confidently reassure that Chelsea Grin remains strong. During the recording process, we were faced with the challenge of pushing past obstacles to finish creating an album we were already so emotionally invested in. We had to weigh all options realistically, but abandoning our passion was never one. Our good friend and ally, Tom Barber, has stepped up to the plate to help us achieve a sound we had never imagined. His talent and drive allowed us a renewed energy, making the choice clear. Please provide Tom a warm welcome into the band, and saddle up for a darker, more aggressive sound than you’ve heard from us yet. ...
“Tak perlu bertutur panjang lagi, kami persembahkan Dead Rose, single pertama dari album terbaru kami, Eternal Nightmare. Selamat datang di era baru Chelsea Grin,” dikutip dari Alternative Press.
Kini formasi Chelsea Grin diperkuat oleh David Flinn (gitar), Stephen Rutishauser (bass), Pablo Viveros (drum), dan vokalis Tom Barber (eks vokalis Lorna Shore).
Sementara itu, kabarnya sang eks vokalis, Alex Koehler juga telah menyiapkan proyek baru bernama Grudges, dan telah melepas single “Misery” yang ditulisnya di tempat rehab.
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